The word of the day is “relief.”

Isn’t it a relief that MRIs revealed no damage to David Ortiz’s Achilles? Isn’t it a relief that Ortiz now knows why he’s feeling inflammation in his heels? Isn’t it a relief that with some rest, Ortiz may finally be able to return to the diamond?

All of that relief is great, except the one person who doesn’t look particularly relieved is David Ortiz himself.

The big designated hitter, franchise icon and lineup linchpin answered questions yesterday for the first time since shutting it down for at least a week with soreness in both heels. Ortiz is now almost assured of missing Opening Day, and there is still no timetable on his return.

So pardon Ortiz for not embracing that peace of mind others wish to ascribe to him.

“Well, Opening Day was my goal,” Ortiz said. “You guys heard me talking about it when I first got here. I was feeling good and pushing things the way I was being told. Right now, Opening Day seems like it’s not the case. The case is get me healthy for five or five and a half good months. That’s what we’re looking for now.”

Ortiz received some clarification on his condition in the form of MRIs on both heels over the weekend. They revealed inflammation in both heels, though the Red Sox claim the inflammation is not related to the balky right Achilles’ injury that has basically sidelined him since last July. They did say, and Ortiz confirmed, that the right heel is bothering him more than the left.